The first review of Gabrielle Bell’s new book Truth is Fragmentary went up on Hyperallergic couple of days ago! Here’s what they say:
California-born, Brooklyn, New York–based comics writer and artist Gabrielle Bell diarizes as often as she contemplates the very idea of memoirs in Truth Is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries, her new, mostly black-and-white collection of autobiographical comics. “When a diary is public, it becomes a different thing,” she writes in the introduction. “You no longer do it for yourself anymore, you do it for us, the reader.” Published by Uncivilized Books and named for a line penned by Tennessee Williams, Bell’s book launches with a lively pondering of whether or not a diary can be deemed as such when “editing, rewriting, and twisting the truth here and there” is part of the publishing process. In the pages that follow, Bell’s raw assemblage of international travel episodes, perpetual introspection, and examination of her own comics (within her own comics) is both absorbing and funny.
Read the whole review here. You can pre-order the book here. There are still a few open slots for the free signed & numbered print. But hurry, they’re almost gone!